My name is Navid Bancroft. I have always had a deep interest and profound respect for the teaching profession. When I first began to tutor and mentor students, I discovered that not only did they seem drawn to me and the energy that I bring, but that they also seemed to absorb knowledge and grow as competent and caring individuals, I realized that this is what I was meant to do. I will do everything I can to help my students learn and grow; to help them refine their skills, and discover talents and capacities latent within themselves.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Appalachian State University - Bachelors, Sociology
Singing, playing piano, drawing, working on cars, video games, cartoons, reading, creative writing, cooking
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To treat each student with the respect that they deserve, to give them a space to explore their own abilities, and to develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in the academic world. To help each student grow as human beings, and to be honest and compassionate.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to get to know who that student is as a person: what their interests and dreams are. I would then try to learn how they feel about school - what they like and dislike about it. Then I would try to learn what difficulties they are currently having in particular subjects, so I could devise ways to effectively address them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My first goal would be to spark an interest in the particular subject or field. If there is no motivation or desire present, I don't believe there will be much progress in independent learning. Next, I would help the student in finding the best, most reliable sources of information, and teach the student how to weed out the good information from the bad. I would also encourage the student to read and learn and practice all they can in a variety of related fields or areas; understanding different systems, and how they work together, can provide a more complete or comprehensive knowledge base that can be used practically.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would do my very best to instill an interest in the subject. With interest comes desire. With desire comes motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try a variety of different teaching methods and look for the ones that provide the greatest results. I would also be very patient, working at the pace that best fits for the student. It is better to work slowly and make sure every piece of information is properly internalized and understood, than to work quickly just to make it right for a particular assignment.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a multifaceted study. It entails vocabulary, grammar and syntax, sentence structure, and other factors. I would work with the student to make sure each of these (and the interplay between them) are identified and understood. I would also have the student try to explain in their own words what they believe the sentence or paragraph is trying to say. With practice comes mastery.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The first thing to do is establish a solid relationship with the student; to understand who the student is and how the student works and learns. This is fundamental to successful tutoring. It also means that I have respect for the student, and that I always give the student space to voice his/her own opinions and create dialogue between us. Without these things, success in the actual academic work will be much more difficult, if not impossible.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show the student the various ways in which the subject can be utilized. For example, math is essential to everything that we do, and virtually everything that we use in day to day life; writing transcends time and space, and can communicate profound ideas and even help us better understand ourselves; music can convey emotions that may never be able to be expressed in words. Virtually all subjects have practical and philosophical meaning and application, and it just takes finding what the student is personally interested in to find connections between them.